Classic Apple Crisp

Classic Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp is one of my favorite deserts to make in the fall. I’m not sure why it doesn’t occur to me to make it in the spring or summer…it just seems to taste best when the weather turns crisp and the mountain leaves are stunningly gorgeous. Which is how they look this very day, if you haven’t noticed or you don’t have mountains in your area. I felt it best to make you aware. 🙂

The Apple Crisp I would like to share with you on this stunningly gorgeous day has a wonderful sweet/tart apple filling that is covered with a heavenly, buttery crisp topping. It is simple to prepare and makes your house smell fabulous while it bakes away.

I hope you make it.

I hope you love it.

I hope the world around you is gorgeous.

And stunning.

It’s a pretty great combo, wouldn’t you agree?


Classic Apple Crisp

Time: 20 minute prep + 45 minutes
Yield: 7-8 servings
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

8 C sliced apples (about 10 medium-sized apples)
1/2 C sugar
2 T butter, melted
1/2 t cinnamon
2 T flour
1 t vanilla
dash salt
1 t lemon juice (bottled is fine)

3/4 C flour
3/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C instant oats
5 T cold butter
dash salt

1. Find yourself some beautiful apples. I used a combination of granny smith, golden delicious and fuji apples. This gives the apple filling a nice tart/sweet flavor, but you can use what ever kind of apples are your favorite.

2. Using a large sharp knife slice each apple in half, from top to bottom. Lay each piece out flat and slice the halves in to two pieces.

Using a small paring knife, slice the core out of each piece.

Then peel each piece

and slice it into 3 or 4 pieces.

You want the pieces to be as close to the same size as possible. You will need 8 cups total.

2. Add 1/2 cup sugar,

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon,

1 teaspoon vanilla,

2 tablespoons of melted butter,

2 tablespoons of flour,

a dash of salt,

and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Give everything a nice stir to combine, making sure all of the apples are coated.
3. Spray a 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray and pour the apple filling inside.

4. In a medium-sized bowl place 3/4 cup flour and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Toss it together with a fork, making sure all of the brown sugar clumps get broken up.

5. Add 1/4 cup of instant oats and a dash of salt. Give it a nice stir.

6. Chop 5 tablespoons of cold butter into small chunks.

Toss it into the bowl and cut it into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender. You will know you have combined the ingredients sufficiently when the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. If your pastry blender is missing in action, or you have never purchased one, do not fret. You can use a couple of butter knifes to make this step come to life.

7. Sprinkle the topping all over the apples.
8. Bake, uncovered at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving. It’s fabulous with fresh whipped cream or a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy! Happy fall, everyone. 🙂

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  1. 1
    October 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Ooh I love apple crisp! It’s been my birthday cake for the last 5 years or so. This looks so good. I’m also jealous of your leaves. I grew up in Utah but I live in Phoenix now and I’m definitely missing my Fall!

  2. 2
    Shelley C
    October 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    FYI the 2T of flour is missing from the recipe is in the picture tute though, that’s how I noticed. I’m planning to make this today!

    • 3
      October 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      THanks so much for the heads up. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the recipe.

  3. 4
    October 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Great minds- I tell you!! I just posted something similar yesterday. So good- the family can’t get enough. Don’t you just love it when that happens AND don’t you just love this season when we can make all these great comfort foods???!!!!

  4. 5
    October 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

    So funny, my salt shaker looks just like that, with the broken top and everything.

  5. 6
    October 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    do you really mean ‘instant’ oats or ‘quick-cooking’? I only buy quick or old-fashioned. Thanks

  6. 7
    October 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I’m so glad I looked at your site before I went grocery shopping today! It has been super cold and rainy today, so I thought it would be a great dessert for tonight. Everyone LOVED it! It was so easy to make, will be making again for sure 🙂
    I have made several of your recipes and haven’t been disappointed yet!

  7. 8
    October 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Made it today. Big hit with family

  8. 9
    October 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    This is incredible!! I had to take dessert to a friend’s house last weekend and chose to make this. I was so torn because though it is the middle of October, we are still experiencing 90 degree temps here in Phoenix, so I wasn’t sure whether I should take a fall dessert or a summer one. This was perfect! It screamed fall but with the icecream and apples, it fit in perfectly with our bbq dinner menu. I want to make this again right now, it was so delicious! Everyone loved it and there wasn’t a crumb left at the end of the night! Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  9. 10
    November 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Hey Jamie!

    I have fallen in love with your blog, everything I have made has turned out delicious!

    Quick question – can I use whole wheat flour in this recipe? Excited to try it!

    • 11
      November 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Lindsey,
      THanks for your sweet words. 🙂
      I haven’t ever tried it with wheat flour. I would suggest using half wheat flour, half white flour.
      Good luck!

  10. 12
    September 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    This apple crisp topping is very similar to mine, but I do not add oatmeal. Try it.It gets nice and crispy on top.

  11. 13
    October 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I made my apple crisp with re-hydrated apple slices and it turned out delicious. I cooked 6 cups of fruit and 4 cups of water for about 5 minutes and followed the recipe after I drained the apples.

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